“The perception of care work is that it’s like babysitting, or all about personal care, and I’m here to tell you otherwise.”

Bill's a support worker with Henshaws Supported Living service in Yorkshire. He came from an engineering background and tells us why a complete career change has been so satisfying.

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Hi, I’m Bill. I used to work in engineering, and now I’m a Support Worker for Henshaws. Previously I worked in engineering for 20 years, however sadly the job came to an end. I took this opportunity to have a complete change of direct job wise.  It started as a job through an agency and I just got sucked in! I now work in Supported Living.

The perception of care work is that it’s like babysitting, or all about personal care, and I’m here to tell you otherwise. We support people to live in their own homes, helping with everything from cooking, menu planning, shopping, swimming, medical appointments. Trips out which can include an ice cream are always a favourite!

Everyone is very different and you get to work with their personal plans. The people you support are always changing. It can get hectic but it’s never boring! The work might be the same, but every day is different. It’s very rewarding to learn these things too. Someone is relying on you to support them, and that’s very good – without you things might not happen. And then of course you get rewards; it’s a rewarding job and so satisfying.

If someone you support chooses to sit next to you, you know they’re comfortable with you. They might not be able to say thank you, but you know it’s there from the smiles you get. It is so rewarding to know that my input together with the team I work with make such a difference to the people we support.

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